Startup and SME event at TU/e campus

Are you prepared for the healthcare needs of tomorrow? Do you want to know how EIT Health can help you with your business? Then please attend the EIT Health Belgium – The Netherlands Startup and SME Event on the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology on Thursday 10 May! Please mark this date in your calendar!

During this event we will sketch the route from ideation phase to setting up a business by letting spin-off companies explain how they managed to become successful. But we will also share the hurdles you have to overcome during this path to success.

Our goal is to engage you and connect you to valuable other startups, SMEs and EIT Health partners. Throughout the event we will provide you with plenty networking opportunities! Expect to network with around 80 fellow innovative startups, SMEs and corporates from within and outside healthcare!

Click here to register for free!

13.30 Arrival & Registration with coffee
14.00 Welcome to the EIT Health Network by Menno Kok (Director EITH Health BE/NL)
14.05 Support by EIT Health for Education, Business Creation & Innovation in Healthcare by Menno Kok
14.30 Healthcare Innovation Challenges – From Ideation to Business
Body Molecular Monitoring – TU/e prof. Menno Prins
Microsure – Carmen van Vilsteren, CEO
Nemo Healthcare – Hans Brons, CEO
15.00 Healthcare Innovation Challenges – Overcoming Hurdles
NLC Healthcare Incubator (Building Healthcare Ventures), Bert-Arjan Millenaar
CrossCare (Speed up Innovation through validation via Living Labs), Marcel de Pender
MedValue (Radboud UMC), Sabine Mulders
15.30 Coffee Break
16.00 Startup pitches to be confirmed
17.00 Wrap-up, Menno Kok
17.30 Networking & Drinks
18.00 End of Program

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Review: Update @Kempenhaeghe

With a total of 10 students we attended this congress on a sunny Friday in March. We gathered at Eindhoven station where we took the train to Heeze followed by a bus to Kempenhaeghe. After our registration we started the day with a session about neurocognition, where the main topic was ‘brain and learning’. We kicked off with an interesting lecture about neuroplasticity in clinical practice. Here we saw some examples of children suffering from a physical disability due to severe brain damage, where some of the disability was recovered due to the fact that healthy brain cells took over the task of damaged brain cells. One example was a baby of which the right hemisphere was totally damaged, so therefore it could not move the left part of its body. But in a few months it was already capable of lifting the arm slightly and after a year, the arm and leg could be moved again. However, it was only possible to mimic movements of the right part of the body, but still an impressive improvement.

This session continued with lectures about the memory on neuronal level and whether DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) was a development disorder or a learning disorder. Concluding there were some talks about dyslexia and dyscalculia, and the fact that genetics and the environment have more influence on these disorders than expected. Around 12.30 it was time for lunch, which was organized at Heeze castle. Here some delicious dishes were prepared for us, which we could eat in the lovely sun while enjoying the nice scenery of the castle.

Two hours later we were back at Kempenhaeghe for the afternoon session about ‘clinical demand versus technological offer’. As few technicians amongst a lot of clinicians at this congress, this was a very interesting topic. Also the chairs of this session were two professors of our own department, Johan Arends and Rob Mestrom. Here we started with a lecture about the differences between technicians and clinicians. It was fun to see that these differences are not only about knowledge, but also about language and approaches to solve problems. Whereas technicians make models and simplify everything, it is necessary for clinicians to have a lot of specific knowledge and are able to tackle patient specific problems. The main point is that we should be aware of these differences and that it is worth to invest in each others terminology.

After that, there was some talk about what technology was needed for epilepsy surgery and where there were improvements to make. The session ended with a talk about optogenetics/chemogenetics, which could in the future be a treatment of epilepsy with the use of light or receptor specific drugs, and a talk about seizure detection and SUDEP prevention. After that some stayed at Kempenhaeghe for a concluding drink, but the majority had digested enough information for the day and went back to the train station. Looking back it was really a nice and interesting day, and I am sure that we will attend the congress next year as well!

Slideshow: An impression of ‘Update @Kempenhaeghe’

Update @Kempenhaeghe 2017

Over the past decades this symposium has become a major international scientific event in the Low Countries. During state-of-art main sessions, workshops and parallel sessions, recent progress in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, sleep disorders and cognitive dysfunction will be discussed.

A distinguished national and international faculty guarantees a high quality of presentations and content covering best clinical practice, results of the latest scientific research and illustrative cases.

We warmly invite you to the 19th annual international clinical symposium on 24 March 2017!
(Please note a fine of €5,- when not attending without unsubscribing.)

Thanks to Stijn!

This morning we surprised Stijn van Himste with a little present. Stijn created our Eir logo and did a great job. Thank you, Stijn!